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Re-connection brings joy to Fingal’s older people

Taking place from today, Monday, September 27, to Friday, October 1, Positive Ageing Week 2021 (PAW) celebrates ageing and the contribution and agency of older people.

The theme of PAW 2021 is Reconnecting Communities by Reframing Ageing.

This year’s theme is particularly poignant in light of the pandemic.

Following 18 months of isolation and loneliness for many older people, whose social lives were deeply affected throughout the pandemic, the chance to meet once again and celebrate together is a very special one.

Caroline Power of Fingal County Council’s Housing, Community and Sports Department is the organiser of a series of ‘Re-connecting Communities Outdoors’ events taking place during Positive Ageing Week.

‘We’re delighted to be gathering with the older members of our local communities again’ says Caroline.

Older people are invited to a series of ‘re-connecting’ events taking place in Swords Castle (28 September at 11am and 2pm), Hartstown Park (29 September at 11am and 2pm) and at the Institute of Music and Song Balbriggan (30 September at 10am and 1 October at 10am).

Events at each location will take place in the great outdoors and patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket and cushion for their comfort and to dress for potential inclement weather, Entertainment and refreshments will be provided and those attending will have the chance to catch up with friends and neighbours in a relaxed environment,

Mayor of Fingal Cllr Seána Ó Rodaigh is looking forward to the event series. ‘It’s a very welcome development to see the return of safe in person events. We cannot underestimate how important human connection is to quality of life. I hope to see lots of older people registering for these events and thoroughly enjoying the experience.’

Those who wish to attend should register in advance using the following contacts:

  • Swords and Hartstown events: Phone Nicole Kelly on 087 926 6717 or email kelly@fingal.ie
  • Balbrigan events: Phone 089 614 7211 or email info@iims.ie
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